Challenger Series - "AlChemist" India A

Team: V V S Laxman (capt), Gautam Gambhir, Suresh Raina, Hemang Badani, Neeraj Patel, Dheeraj Jadhav, Dinesh Kaarthick, Ramesh Powar, R P Singh, Laxmipathy Balaji, V R V Singh, M Nadeem and Manoj Tiwari. Coach: Sandeep Patil

There are some who believe that VVS Laxman has one of the best cricketing brains of his generation and that he would make a very good captain for India someday. There are some who believe that Sandeep Patil is the best Indian coach available (and that he has an MBE of his own - "Mumbai bred elegance") and that he should be the first one to step in if Greg C were to send out any more emails about Sourav. There are some who believe that Hemang Badani still has it in him to be the "Michael Bevan of India". There are also some who strongly believe that Balaji should always be the one sharing the new ball with Irfan Pathan. All those believers get one more opportunity to strengthen their beliefs.

Gautam Gambhir and Dheeraj Jadhav (he played well in last year's edition) are very good openers - both good strokemakers. But I really dont see either of them being able to push for a place in the Indian ODI side (being one-dimensional - "they only bat" - doesn't really help their cause). Suresh Raina is an exciting prospect, but he should really bowl more to be able to command a regular place in the Indian side. Niraj Patel (left hand batsman) is again one-dimensional, he would have to do something really extra-ordinary to get noticed. Dinesh Kaarthick is the keeper and he should be really concentrating on hanging onto his test place. Dhoni would have to perform really bad in the coming ODI tournaments, for Dinesh to get a look in the shorter version.

RP Singh, Balaji and VRV Singh provide the pace options. I would really like to see VRV come charging in and hurry the Indian seniors (especially Ganguly). He should have played the Irani Trophy - hope he atleast gets the new ball in this series. Ramesh Powar (off-spin), Shahbaz Nadeem (left-arm spin) and Manoj Tiwari (leg spin) are the spinners in the side. All three spinners are good batsmen too - an indication that the selectors are very keen on unearthing a "spin bowling allrounder" in this series. Powar did well in the Irani Trophy and can tonk the ball really hard and far into the stands - he didn't have a great series against Pakistan and if he can bowl tidily, there is no reason why he can't make a comeback in the shorter version. Tiwari did well against the visiting England under-19 team earlier this year and would be hoping to get atleast a game. Nadeem had a decent domestic season for Jharkand, but didnt really get many opportunities to play against Australia under-19 in the recently concluded series. His selection is slightly iffy and I would have picked Pragyan Ojha instead.

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Blogger worma 1:33 AM

I don't agree too much with the 'one dimensional' aspect that you commented for Jadhav and Gambhir. Sure they should be in ODI felxible mould...so should be able to field...be atheletic...innovate etc. But pure batsman are also needed...and in this struggling Indian ODI setup, more so.

Look at the situation we were in, for the last couple of series. People wanted SG to go...and even if it was harsh, lets say there was a case to rest him. So what did we have as replacement? Rao, Raina? They, with their best intentions and application, were not likely to get more runs than SG in poor form!...Sure I am not putting them down...they may develope and be more valuable....but we need some strong batting bench strength.

Again, look at the state of seniors...with SG and VS out due to various reasons...who is our opening propsect on bench today? We will have to do with makeshift opener. Now if Mongia is not in contention(well I hope he is, but if not) then we need bench strength there as well.

So...lots of scope for pure batsman. We need strong bench strenght...esp because SG, SRT etc wont play for long...atleast not all the matches. What if we get a long-term injury to RD today. This team will sink in no time!    



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